to lube or not? cruise control switch


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knotjohnson
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to lube or not? cruise control switch

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Finally got the wing back and this time the crash repair is complete. Everything is in its place and it all works.
Except that the cruise control switch is stuck in the ON position.
Should the switch be lubed? If so, with what?

Thanks, John


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Re: to lube or not? cruise control switch

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Hey John. Glad you got it all back together.

As to the cruise control switch, you could actually just leave it engaged. I don't think I have ever tried to turn mine off.
But, you can cover that side of the fairing with a blanket, sheet, or furniture movers blanket and then spray contact cleaner into the switch as you vigorously try activating it in and out. Once you got it liberated, then spray some contact lubricant into the switch quadrant as you once again vigorously activate the switch.

CRC makes some good cleaner and lubricant. I think WD-40 makes some too. Not hard to find in just about any decent hardware or automotive parts supply store.
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Re: to lube or not? cruise control switch

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Hi Mike,
That was along the lines I was thinking but wanted to make sure I wasn't creating other problems.

The shop that did the repairs on my wing didn't use the cowl stays as suggested and I'm not clear what they did but in about an hour or so they were done and its all good. No charge. Seems that the Honda way of doing a repair isn't the only way. As they put it, "its thinking outside the box". Its done and I'm happy so that's all that matters.

Thanks so very much for your input.

John
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Re: to lube or not? cruise control switch

Post by MikeB »

Cleaning out the control buttons can be tedious. Some people dismantle the assembly and that is most likely the proper way to do it but I am kind of lazy and take the spray, activate, spray again approach.

As to the fairing, good to hear it is all back together and everything is in alignment. All tha maters is that you are happy with the fix.
Think outside the box huh? They must have been thinking like that when they returned it to you the first time and figured it was okay. Good that you took it back. It holds them accountable.


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